• Culture, Review

    BOOK REVIEW: To See Clearly: Why Ruskin Matters

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    By David Keyworth In Mike Leigh’s film Mr Turner, the taciturn painter (played by Timothy Spall) turns to Effie Gray (Eleanor Yates) and says: “Love will come.” It is an allusion to the sexless marriage of John Ruskin and his young bride. They married in 1848 and the union was annulled in 1854, on grounds…

  • News

    An Evening of Place Writing with Rachel Lichtenstein and Gregory Norminton

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    By David Keyworth “Tonight is a celebration,” said Dr David Cooper, in his introduction to: An Evening of Place Writing – in Fiction and Non-fiction. He explained that it was a chance to welcome Rachel Lichtenstein as Manchester Writing School’s first Reader in Place Writing. It was also an opportunity to congratulate Gregory Norminton (Senior…

  • News

    Preview: Paul Simon Homeward Bound Tour 16 May – 15 July, 2018

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    By David Keyworth World-renowned singer/songwriter Paul Simon has announced his farewell tour, including a visit to Manchester Arena on Tuesday 10 July. The title of the tour – Homeward Bound – comes from a song, which has strong connections to the North West. A plaque at Widnes Railway Station states: “At Widnes Station in 1965 Paul Simon…

  • Music

    Review: Goldfrapp @ Manchester Academy

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    By David Keyworth “You’re in for a really amazing show,” Catherine Pockson the lead singer of Alpines tells us, during their impressive support slot. Is this an opinion based on the previous two shows of this tour or just a showbiz platitude? At 9pm, musicians dressed in black take the stage. Alison Goldfrapp soon follows…

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